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Vol. 4 No. 8 October 2005

Simplified protection for end-user files

In corporate environments, file servers are the workhorses that store the majority of employee data. But because they usually get backed up only once a day, if the file server goes down, or a file is corrupted or accidentally deleted, work comes to a grinding halt. Bringing file protection up a notch is the latest goal of many vendors--from household names like IBM and Microsoft, to startups like San Francisco-based Lasso Logic. Last month, one year after it was initially announced, Microsoft finally made available its Data Protection Manager (DPM), disk-based backup software that creates several point-in-time images per day of a Windows-based file server. As a server application that runs on top of Windows 2003, DPM can protect file servers running Windows 2000, Windows 2003 or Windows Storage Server, Microsoft's NAS operating system. As a first step, DPM quiesces Microsoft's Active Directory and deploys agents to file servers or shares it finds in the environment. Those are then replicated to the DPM server. The agents then ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hidden threats to data

    Inadequacies in storage governance and weaknesses in data management may pose far less-visible risks to a company's data. To mitigate these threats, you must be aware of the impact and probability of these risks to reduce or eliminate them.

  • Safer SATA for nearline apps

    New SATA drivers tailored for nearline apps

  • Keep remote offices in sync

    With regulatory compliance, data protection requirements and the need to share data, remote office data can no longer be ignored. Wide-area file system products can rein in and protect remote data.

  • Will your disaster recovery plan work?

    No matter how many checklists a company creates, the number of disaster scenarios it considers or even how assiduously it backs up data, managers can't be confident in their firm's ability to recover data unless the systems have been tested thoroughly.

  • Better capacity forecasting

    There are two methods for devising storage capacity forecasts: quantitative and qualitative. By combining the two, you can develop practical metrics that will make more accurate forecasts.

  • Data grids for storage

    Data grids are used by the scientific community to access data resources around the world. Companies can use the principles underlying these global grids to link geographically dispersed sites.

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